Teach Kids to Wrap their School Lunch

Preparing school lunches the night before, tastes as good the next day – otherwise my nieces wouldn’t eat them. Wraps are moreso delicious, especially when the kids are responsible for making them. Also, there are far less complaints. Just as important is learning the hygienics behind safe foods. Washing hands, clean bench area, prepping ingredients,…

Quinoa & Mince Rissoles

Sizzling homemade rissoles hot from the frying pan! The kids love them! They also love watching the video at the end of this blog because they helped make these mince/pork rissoles. They also tried to stick their hands in front of the lens so their hands could be famous. However, my Mum’s rissoles had the…

Pumpkin Fruit Cake

I’m not a fruit cake lover, but Mum’s Pumpkin Fruit Cake is an exception. It’s a light cake, easy on the palate and one that I go back for seconds and thirds. Also, I’m not a fan of sultanas by themselves, but in this cake it adds a light sweetness which adds to the cake’s…

Quinoa, Kale & Mince Sausage Rolls

Having donned my thinking cap on ‘How to make a healthier sausage roll’ — I started experimenting. I was introduced to quinoa (Keenwa) and kale by my Sports Nutritionist Scientist son in February. I’d heard of quinoa’s nutritional value, but I didn’t know how to use it in my cooking. This recipe has been tested on the most…

Hassle-free Way to Cook Quinoa

Cooking quinoa in a saucepan was time-consuming because I felt I had to keep lifting the lid to ensure it didn’t over boil. However, my sister-in-law has taught me a no-fuss, easy way to cook Quinoa. Using the microwave technology has been a more enjoyable, hassle and stress-free experience. Microwave Wattage Tips When I used the…

Choccy Rocks or Choc Chip Cornflakes Biscuits

The Choccy Rocks or Choc Chip Cornflakes Biscuits are one of a zillion delicious, buonissimo, scrummy, yummy recipes from Mum’s cookbook collection. Mum, 76, or Nonna to her 20+ grandchildren — aged 30 to 7, has the honorary title of ‘World’s Best Cook’. Why? Because, you’ll often hear, as the grand-kids tuck into their second or third biscuit,…

Art of Cooking Prawns

Cooking the raw prawn is a delicately-balanced art form. One that can have grown men and women cry. Why? If, the much anticipated succulent, lightly-salted, tender prawn isn’t a pleasurable dining experience, then you’d cry too. Expectations is everything when it comes to enjoying a perfectly-textured, flavour-filled prawn. This family recipe comes from a seasoned prawn connoisseur, who has been…

Pork Chops, Roast Veggies & Apple Sauce

Fry panned pork chops, oven roasted vegetables — all topped with freshly made green apple sauce. Mmmh! Sounds delicious? It is delicious, according to my nieces when they visited the cooler climates of The Atherton Tablelands. Another easy family favourite to prep and throw together with lots of nutritional value.   Depending on your family size and…

Preservative Free Bread

I have found a cost efficient and healthier way of making a loaf of bread. Firstly, simply use plain flour off the shelf. Yes that’s right, basic, normal plain flour and not the more costly premix bread flour. When a Stockman’s daughter enlightened me, I was rapt. When they visited, she baked fresh bread in the breadmaker.…

Family Roast & Veggies

When is a family roast ‘A Family Roast’? When you sit at the table as a family to enjoy it. Recently one of my Townsville families came to visit up The Atherton Tablelands — 2000 feet above sea level and 5-10C cooler compared to Townsville. I pondered on the first evening meal together. I wanted…

Boiled Chocolate Cake – Family Favourite

Mum has been making this family favourite forever. Tried and true. It’s the only moist chocolate cake the kids and grand kids love. This recipe was given to her by my Aunty, 40 years ago. In turn it was given to my Aunty by a Home Economics teacher. By chance, many moons ago, she also…

Vegetable Flan in a Pan – No Oil

Light, fluffy, no oil, low fat, high protein, vegetable flan cooked using water in a frypan. This is another one of Mum’s recipes extracted from combining ideas from her various cookbooks. She loves cooking nutritional foods and if you don’t have a gall bladder, this is easily digested. She is very keen on fresh ingredients…